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The Monthly Download—April 2024

It’s time to fix your RISKY password habits

We all know how important it is to keep our data safe, but sometimes our best intentions fall short. And when you have employees, you’re at an increased risk of security threats and bad habits creeping in.

Here’s the deal: Even if you invest in cyber security training, changing long held password habits can be a tough nut to crack. People love convenience, and remembering a ton of complex passwords just isn’t their idea of a good time.

Your employees are juggling dozens of passwords for work and personal use. It’s a lot to handle, and sometimes they slip up and reuse passwords across different accounts. It’s a familiar story, right? And it’s where the trouble starts.

When passwords are reused, it’s like leaving the front door wide open for cybercriminals. If the password is breached on one site, they will try to access other sites using it.

Here’s how you can make sure your team stays on top of their password game.

Password audit: Ask your IT partner to do an audit of passwords and look for weak ones that should be changed.

Block weak passwords: Ask your IT partner to implement a password policy that stops common passwords from being used.

Scan for compromised passwords: Even strong passwords can be compromised. Stay one step ahead by scanning for breached passwords and prompting employees to change them.

Use password managers: Password managers securely generate then store a unique password for every different account… and fill them into the login box so your team don’t have to.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Add an extra layer of security with MFA, where you get a code on a separate device. It’s like putting a deadbolt on your front door – double the protection, double the peace of mind.

With the right tools and guidance, password security doesn’t have to be hard work. If we can help you with that, get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

We’ve kicked off our new weekly tech tip video series, now available exclusively on Mitch's LinkedIn page. Keep an eye out every Friday for seriously cool insights and expert advice to level up your tech skills! Don’t miss out. Head over to linkedin.com/in/mitchredekopp and take a look!

Business gadget of the month

EMEET OfficeCore M0 Plus: Our phone or PC's microphone and speaker can be a little limited, especially if you’re using it for a conference call or in a room with other people who all need to talk and be heard.

That’s where the EMEET OfficeCore M0 Plus comes in. It’s a Bluetooth-compatible speakerphone that picks up conversations no matter where they come from in a room, cancels out background noise, and improves the quality of your calls, no matter where you are.

$59.99from Amazon.

Technology Update

Update Windows 11 without a reboot? Yes please!

It’s important to run updates as soon as they become available, but they can be a big disruption when you’re in the middle of something.

Microsoft has good news. It’s testing a new update method for Windows 11 that lets it install critical updates without a reboot. It’s called ‘hot patching’ and will hopefully roll out later this year.

Tech facts

  • At the end of 2023, there were 1.13 billion websites on the internet.
  • More than 90% of the mobile phones sold in Japan are waterproof. It’s said to be because of the tendency of Japanese women to use their phones in the bath.
  • As of January 2024, there were 5.35 billion internet users worldwide. Of this total, 5.04 billion were using social media.

Inspirational quote of the month

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

—Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) A retro one to start… how many feet/ meters of tape would you find in the typical C60 compact audio cassette?

2) What is the world’s best-selling PC game?

3) Comic Sans is thought to be the world’s most hated font, but when was it first used, and in which Microsoft product?

4) How much did the first commercial mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC, cost?

5) What decade did IBM get its name?

The answers are below.

  1. 281 feet (85 meters)
  2. Minecraft
  3. 1994 in Microsoft 3D Movie Maker
  4. It cost $3,995 ($3,995)
  5. 1920s (February 1924 to be precise, when Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation changed its name)

New to Microsoft 365

Say hello to perfect photos with Windows

Microsoft is bringing the best feature from the Google Pixel phone to Windows 10 and 11. The AI-powered ‘generative erase’ tool removes imperfections and unwanted features. It can even replace them with AI-generated images, such as removing people from backgrounds or replacing the background entirely.

It promises a user-friendly, impressive editing experience that will improve your website images, presentations, and loads more

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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